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Amy Rebecca Tan is a children's book author, a librarian, and a bookseller.  She has a master's degree in special education and has taught in the New York City public school system. 

She lives in New Jersey with her husband, their two children, and a very grateful rescue dog.

You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter. 

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I was born and raised in Pennsylvania, the middle child of three girls. We always had a dog growing up. This is me with my first dog, Bruce. Please note the size of his head compared to mine.

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This is my fourth grade school photo. There are dark spots on my velour shirt (honestly - velour!) because my friends and I were playing with the water fountain right before the photo was taken. I was the only one who got splashed. I was really upset because I thought I would get in trouble at home for ruining my picture.

I didn't.

I also never played near a water fountain before a school photo again.

I've loved books as far back as I can remember. My first favorite book was Beverly Cleary's Henry Huggins. My second favorite book was The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton. I loved Ponyboy and Johnny so much that I used to imagine myself into the story so I could be friends with them. I read both these books so many times they fell apart. I still have them and read them, but I have to hold them very carefully.


I studied child development in college and special education in graduate school. I love working with kids and volunteer weekly in an afterschool homework program. Kids and books have been the two steady threads in my life. I even worked in a book bindery for a year. I was a finisher, which means I used traditional craft equipment and techniques to label and decorate book spines with gold leaf. It was like being in a workshop in the 1800's.

I read constantly and I write whenever I can. Some of my best ideas come to me when I'm walking my dog or trying to fall asleep at night.

On a side note, it turns out my dog is part human and has figured out how to use pillows.

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Thanks for reading about me!